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EU courts banish last-minute flight booking fees

By Chris Smith | Jan 16, 2015 03:36 am CST

According to a new ruling by the EU court, European flight booking websites must display the total cost of booking immediately as the booking process begins. This is due to most companies waiting to display additional charges and fees until the last page of the process.


The ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) applies not only to a flight you might be in the process of booking, but all flights in relation to it also. This news comes as a addition to the 2008 EU regulation stating "that airlines show the final price to be paid at all times, including taxes, charges, surcharges and other fees. The rules apply to any form of published pricing, including on the Internet," as reported by PC World.

Multiple airlines have ignored or bypassed these hidden charge laws, seeing the German Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) take on a legal battle with Air Berlin, promoting this initial law to be put in place.

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Australian airline Qantas named 'world's safest'

By Ben Gourlay | Jan 6, 2015 06:49 pm CST

In a year which saw two high profile air incidents, with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-370 and the downing of MH-17 over the Ukrainian warzone and which saw fatal air accidents soar above the 10-year average, consumer safety website Airline Ratings has awarded Australian airline Qantas as the world's safest.


Founded in 1920, Qantas; an acronym for 'Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services' enjoys a 65 percent share of the Australian domestic market and carries nearly 20 percent of all passengers travelling in and out of Australia. The company is famous for never suffering a fatal jet airliner accident, a fact immortalised in the exchange between Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in the 1988 drama "Rain Man".

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Ebola patient zero traced back to contact with bats

By Ben Gourlay | Dec 30, 2014 07:00 pm CST

According to a BBC report, scientists tracing this years deadly Ebola virus outbreak have found a correlation between patient zero; two year old Emile Ouamouno and a colony of bats in Guinea.


During their four-week field trip in April 2014, Dr Fabian Leendertz and his colleagues found a large tree stump located close to the boys home. Now, Leendertz believes that the reeds and oil palm cultivations nearby attracted the bats, whose droppings likely infected Emile as he played in the hollow tree. On the release of his report, Dr Leendertz said "The Ebola virus must jump through colonies from bat to bat, so we need to know more."

The World Health Organisation believes that the 2014 outbreak claimed the lives of nearly 8,000 people worldwide, with the majority of victims coming from Liberia.

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Adidas releases new Star Wars sneakers

By Chris Smith | Dec 29, 2014 07:34 am CST

Feeling the itch for some Star Wars merchandise, or simply feeling the need to be a kid again? Thanks to the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Disney have pumped out some new kicks with the help of Adidas.


Is it socially acceptable for an adult to wear these? Who cares. These flashy looking sneakers are designed in Darth Vader and Yoda designs, but there's one massive catch - they're announced to be coming out in kids sizes.


We can't wait to see if an adult version will be hitting the shelves, our fake Darth Vader slippers just aren't enough. This new range will come out some time in 2015 and there hasn't been a price currently announced. You can certainly expect these to become massive collectors items, with Adidas claiming to be working on Star Wars track pants to suit.

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New-age Lord of the Rings Sauron tower is set for construction

By Chris Smith | Dec 28, 2014 05:52 am CST

Named the Al Noor Tower, this Sauron tower look-alike is to be constructed in Africa and will be identical to one already placed in Casablanca, Morocco.


Planned be the tallest building in Africa, this 1771-foot project is taken on board by Sheikh Tarek M. bin Laden and designed by French architects Valode et Pistre. Although not officially listed as a Sauron-replica and obviously missing the massive firery eye at its peak, this tower sure does look similar.

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Panasonic behind all green sustainable smart city Fujisawa

By Chris Smith | Dec 28, 2014 05:35 am CST

"The goals of the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is to create a sustainable town where making the most of the blessings of nature and promoting local production for local consumption. Moreover, we aim to realize a safe, peaceful life for residents by linking and using electricity and information networks. We need to create practical measures to achieve these goals," reads the front page of Panasonic's low-down on their groundbreaking support of Fujisawa - a city designed to be fully supportive of the environment.


Labeled as "solution works", this city is being marketed as a Sustainable Smart Town (SST), with its opening passing in November 2014.

Supporting the core facility named SST SQUARE, Panasonic have given considerable input into ensuring this center serves as the central communication base for the town and see's it play a "pivotal role in promoting the town's growth through its functions of managing the town, welcoming guests and fostering community". The square houses Fujisawa's SST Management Company and its partners - these bodies manage the town essentials such as energy, security, mobility, healthcare and community.

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Prescription for nature could cure your health problems

By Ben Gourlay | Dec 19, 2014 12:16 am CST

Have you ever noticed how a day out in the woods, filling fresh air into your lungs makes you feel a little bit better? Well, seems you aren't alone, and it's even being increasingly prescribed by doctors as an alternative to medication. According to an article on Mother Nature Network, DC Park Rx, a health initiative combining the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Park Service, the D.C. departments of Health and Parks and Recreation, U.S. Health and Human Services, National Environmental Education Foundation, George Washington University, National American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Recreation and Parks Association have joined forces to encourage US doctors to look at an alternative, alternative prescription for patients.


Apparently, their efforts are working, with more than 500 nature prescriptions have been written by health care providers in Washington D.C. Whilst there has yet to be an official finding, anecdotal evidence thus far is said to be positive. So go AFK for a bit. It could be good for your health.

A '4D' printed dress was just added to the Meuseum of Modern Art

By Chris Smith | Dec 14, 2014 09:57 pm CST

"Bodies are 3-dimensional but clothing is traditionally made from flat material that is cut and painstakingly pieced together" says Nervous Systems, the creators of this 3D-printed dress, further commenting that "In contrast, Kinematics garments are created in 3D, directly from body scans, and require absolutely no assembly." This futuristic looking dress looks like something out of a futuristic sci-Fi feature film, however it's a very real thing - and you can own one too.


The dress in question has been labeled as 4D rather than the expected 3D, this is common practice when 3D-printed objects are "designed to change over time in response to their environment" as according to CNET.

This dress was designed by Kinematics and is constructed using 2,279 rigid, interlocking triangles which are connected to 3,316 hinges printed in a single piece. The hinges mean that the dress can conform to a human body, much as seen through regular clothing - allowing it to flow and move like fabric would.

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Peter Lik's black and white photo sells for $6.5m - sets records

By Chris Smith | Dec 11, 2014 08:55 pm CST

As seen through his personal Twitter banner, Peter Lik has just nabbed himself a hefty paycheck, selling a recent black and white photo titled Phantom for a cool $6.5 million.


Born in Melbourne-Australia and currently residing in the United States, Lik now lays claim to four of the 20 most expensive photo's sold in the world. This latest piece is a black-and-white nature shot taken in Arizona's Antelope Canyon - located in the south-west corner of America. Commenting that he is often drawn to this area due to it's natural beauty, he's been able to capture this monstrous canyon carved out by natural flowing water in all its beauty.

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Chinese TV websites blacklisted by American Film Institute

By Chris Smith | Nov 21, 2014 07:57 pm CST

We've been reading reports that Chinese online-TV streaming services have been giving people 502 server error codes. Thanks to information published by Chiphell, we've now found exactly what the issue is.


According to local reports, many TV websites were abruptly stopped from servicing their customers on Friday the 21st of November, local time. This issue carried out throughout the whole day, with access finally being restored later in the night.

On October the 28th, reports came to light that due to copyright pressure, many websites will completely remove all download links to copyright-free resources by the end of November. Claiming that by early November, these websites will further be blacklisted by the American Film Institute.

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